I sat on a step of a bright red carpeted stage, looking out at hundreds of empty seats. The time quickly approached for Fran to present her seminar at the GProCongress, a conference for thousands of pastors and pastoral trainers from all around the world.
I held my breath as the chairs began to fill. Fran began to speak. I smiled as all our hard work unfolded before my eyes. I lifted silent prayers to heaven, hoping the audience would grasp our message.
Fran tested the crowd, “Now what’s the purpose of writing?” and the multitudes yelled back “changed lives!” They got it! I wanted to stand up from my humble seat, jump up and down, and exclaim “Yes! You got the message of ABH”! I left the room thinking of the simple yet profound message: There must be purpose in our writing. The purpose must be changed lives.
Good writing creates change for our readers, but it should also create change within ourselves. I often come to realizations right in the middle of composing, changing my perspective. As I write I change because I write honestly. Writing should be an honest conversation between you and the page and, when done prayerfully, I believe writing transforms you.
In Psalm 139, David boldly requests,
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts”
David wrote raw and honestly about how he felt and what he struggled with. This honesty led him time and time again to see the faithfulness and love of God.
The most life change occurs when we write with raw and honest emotions. We need to live and write honestly to God. We must live and write honestly with others. We should live and write honestly to ourselves.
In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers explains prayer affects not only our circumstances, but also changes in us. I believe the same for writing. Romans 8:29a states, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (ESV). Just as we should expect God to conform us to Christ in everyday life, we should also ask -and expect- Him to change us through our writing.
We cannot control how people will react to what we write, but we do possess the resources to change ourselves. Before you even begin writing, ask the Spirit to work in you and through you for the sake of Christ-like transformation.
At the GProCongress, the concept of writing to change lives hit the hearts and minds of people from all different cultures. As we live in the culture and life God placed us in, we must also strive to write to change, both ourselves and others. Let writing serve as a free transformation workshop.